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InNYC Aug 14, 2011 04:10 PM

My husband and I are looking to do a best in NYC burger tasting. We get all of the standard NYC food blogs and could make up a list of hot burgers, but we'd love some ideas from real New Yorkers about their local faves! Please share your thoughts. They can be highbrow or lowbrow, gourmet or not, cheap or expensive (hint: truffles or gold leaf would qualify as overboard)!

  1. NAtiveNewYorker Aug 18, 2011 04:43 PM

    Have a Wendy's (Union Square) Double side by side with a Shake Shack (Union Square) Double Shack. That would get attention.

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      tongue_to_tail Aug 15, 2011 09:28 AM

      Madison Restaurant at 53rd and 1st.

      With English muffin bun.

      I grew up in the neighborhood and swear these burgers are up there with any and every in the city.

      You might say, "Ehh, I've had diner burgers before." You might be right. When it comes to the Madison's burgers though, I respectfully disagree.

      If you're doing a burger comparison I think you would be well served to give this one a shot. You might be surprised at how high it comes in on your list. Plus, you won't be trying a burger at a place everyone already knows about, so it will add some diversity to your list.

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      Madison Restaurant
      965 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

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      1. re: tongue_to_tail
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        InNYC Aug 15, 2011 04:34 PM

        Thanks, tongue_to_tail, I will try Madison Restaurant.

        Also, to sugartoof, I have had the Walker's Burger and agree!

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        saramh99 Aug 14, 2011 10:15 PM

        My favorites include Landmarc, Ditch Plains (both Marc Murphy), Westville, Prime Meats, and Bubby's... all are delish!

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        Bubby's Pie Co.
        120 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

        Ditch Plains
        29 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

        Westville
        210 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

        Landmarc
        179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        Ditch Plains
        100 W 82nd St, New York, NY 10024

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          InNYC Aug 15, 2011 04:49 AM

          Thanks, would you believe I've never gon to Bubby's and I live nearby? I've always heard great things and it is perpetually packed.
          I will make up a list in the coming week and share what we'll try. I am thinking about making it an 'Off the Beaten Path' Burger Tasting. I appreciate all the ideas.
          In return, I have a suggestion. Recently I was blown assay by the Pat La Frieda Shortrib Burger at 508. It comes with choice of blue cheese, fontina or cheddar on a Portugese Roll.

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          508
          508 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

          1. re: InNYC
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            InNYC Aug 15, 2011 06:50 AM

            Yikes, sorry for the typos! Subway iPhone posting :(.

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              sugartoof Aug 15, 2011 09:35 AM

              Walkers is right up the block from Bubby's, and makes a great burger.

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            ml77 Aug 14, 2011 07:52 PM

            InNYC,

            I'm happy to give you a few burger thoughts, though if you're very familiar with the major blogs then I'm not sure if any of them will be new to you.

            I love April Bloomfield's burgers at both Spotted Pig and The Breslin. Both are always experttly cooked, and the meat/cheese combinations are unusual but work perfectly together. MInetta Tavern's burger is also really good, though I realized last time that I would prefer that particular burger medium as opposed to my standard medium rare.

            For fast food style burger, I prefer Shake Shack to Burger Joint. I ask for my Shake Shack burger to be done rare as in my experience it is always overcooked otherwise.

            One you may not be aware of is Waterfront Ale House. I've really enjoyed their burger. They have a special burger each night on their board that rotates between different meats such as buffalo, ostrich, etc, though I prefer their beef burger to these (and I do like those meats).

            Hope this helps! Good luck.

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            Burger Joint
            118 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

            Shake Shack
            Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

            Spotted Pig
            314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

            Minetta Tavern
            113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

            Waterfront Ale House
            540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

            The Breslin
            20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

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            1. re: ml77
              loratliff Aug 14, 2011 08:01 PM

              The Spotted Pig's burger is my ultimate favorite, but I second all of ml77's other suggestion as well.

              Another underrated burger comes from Fish, on Bleecker Street. It's primarily a seafood (duh!) restaurant, but their $9 burger (made with beef from Ottomanelli's across the street) is really hard to beat.

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              Spotted Pig
              314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

              Ottomanelli and Sons
              285 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

              Fish
              280 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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                InNYC Aug 14, 2011 08:19 PM

                Thanks both of you so much for the suggestions. I love Spotted Pig, but have never tried the burger. That will go right to the top. I have not been to Fish or Waterfront Ale House and look forward to trying both!

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                Spotted Pig
                314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

                Waterfront Ale House
                540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

            2. k
              kathryn Aug 14, 2011 04:15 PM

              Are you implying that NYC food blogs are not written by real New Yorkers?!

              I think you're going to have to narrow it down by category/style. Griddled vs. grilled. Thick patty vs. thin. Sauce vs. no sauce. Also you'll probably want to post on the Outer Boroughs board as well... Some of my favorites are out there (M. Wells, Diner, and now you can find the Fatty Johnson's burger at Fatty Cue's brunch).

              Have you tried doing a search? This topic has been hotly debated many times before.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701237
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/711314
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/695563
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/748040

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              1. re: kathryn
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                InNYC Aug 14, 2011 04:28 PM

                No, I am not implying that. I am a New York food blogger and was just trying not to review the same old burgers I have already read about. I just joined Chowhound and thought it would be fun to start a discussion to find out if anyone had some interesting picks.

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                  kathryn Aug 14, 2011 06:27 PM

                  It might be more helpful to post the list you already have and:
                  1. ask for feedback (what's missing)
                  2. ask for picks for underrated burgers
                  3. read older threads--there's a lot of helpful info there

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                    InNYC Aug 14, 2011 06:54 PM

                    Thanks so much for all of your helpful feedback. I will certainly never be so careless again.

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                      kathryn Aug 14, 2011 08:29 PM

                      If you don't want "the same hot burgers" that you'll find on every blog then you'll have to specify which ones you already know about.

                      For example, I never would have listed Spotted Pig for you since that one is so famous.

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                      Spotted Pig
                      314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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                        sugartoof Aug 15, 2011 09:31 AM

                        Yikes. I think the OP's request was pretty clear.

                        I'll second Diner, which can miss some radars, and the Waterfront Ale House suggestion someone else made.

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                        Waterfront Ale House
                        540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                      2. re: InNYC
                        squid kun Aug 15, 2011 12:37 PM

                        I'm sure no accusation of carelessness was intended. She makes a good point: it's hard to avoid telling you about the "same old burgers" if we don't know which ones you're already familiar with.

                        1. re: squid kun
                          Bob Martinez Aug 15, 2011 12:41 PM

                          Agreed, Kathryn bends over backwards to be helpful time and time again.

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                            ml77 Aug 15, 2011 08:37 PM

                            I do think that in this case, a little more friendliness and a little less judgment is called for. The OP was not insisting that no one mention the "typical" hot burgers out there. She simply said that she wanted to compare our lists to those she's seen elsewhere. I think it's a compliment that someone well-versed in local food blogs would still feel the need to come here for advice, and I think we should respond in kind.

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                              squid kun Aug 16, 2011 12:47 AM

                              >The OP was not insisting that no one mention the "typical" hot burgers out there

                              Yet she did say she was "trying not to review the same old burgers I have already read about." So it's reasonable to ask which ones she's read about. No judgment there; just a request for clarification.

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                                sugartoof Aug 16, 2011 08:18 AM

                                Asking for off the beaten track recommendations is perfectly fine, no matter how the OP worded it. The expectation that they define what that means, or worse, list every burger they've read about is unreasonable. The subsequent snark was a bit much.

                                ...and there's always someone who will still say "Shake Shack, Molly's, MInetta Tavern, and The Breslin".

                                We're just talking food here. It's not dire.

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                                The Breslin
                                20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

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